Nana Katie's Irish Soda Bread

Nana Katie's Irish Soda Bread

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When I was growing up in the 1950's, my Irish Grandmother, Katie McDonald lived with us. March 17 was always a big occasion in our house, and about a week before St. Paddy's Day Nana's sister, Mamie Griffin would show up at the back door. We knew that meant..Soda Bread! They would bake all day and by 4 o'clock, there'd be Soda Bread on every surface in the kitchen! The sisters never measured, so my sister sat with them one day and before they dumped the ingredients in the bowl, she measured everything and produced a recipe that's been a family favorite for over 60 years.


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1 Hr
30 Min


  • 5 c
    all purpose flour = don't use self rising
  • 2 1/2 c
    white sugar
  • 3 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp
    baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp
  • 1 Tbsp
    caraway seeds (heaping t)
  • 3/4 box
    dark raisins (15 oz. box)
  • 1 5/8 c

How to Make Nana Katie's Irish Soda Bread


  1. Grease two 8" round cake pans and preheat oven to 400
  2. Mix all ingredients in large bowl. Flour a large breadboard and place dough on board. Knead just a little, about 8 or 10 times. Cut dough in half.
  3. Form dough into a round shape and place in pans. Brush tooops with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar. I do not put a cross on tops, I leave them plain.
  4. Place in 400 degree oven for 15 minutes then turn oven too 350 and bake for 25 or 30 minutes. Remove from pans and wrap in tea towel to keep crust from getting too hard.

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Course/Dish: Other Breads

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